Which Maryland County Has the Most Olympic Athletes Competing in Tokyo?

Maryland has long been a powerhouse in the summer Olympic games. At the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Maryland athletes brought home 14 gold medals, three silver, and one bronze. Had Maryland been a country, this medal haul would have placed the state sixth in the gold medal count and 14th in the overall medal count. As the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games kick off today after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19…

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Fun Fact: Friends of Flipper Visit the Chesapeake

Courtesy UMCES Twitter Summer is in full swing, and that means there is plenty of time spent on the water for most Marylanders. This past week, dolphins have been spotted off of Kent Island (Queen Anne's County) and Annapolis (Anne Arundel County). Dr. Helen Bailey and her team at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) are studying how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend…

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Fun Fact: Celebrating Black Women in Maryland History

The Eastern Shore was home to many notable women in Black History. Below are a few facts from Choptank River Heritage on a few legendary Black Women who have called the Eastern Shore home. Courtesy of Choptank River Heritage Lucretia Kennard Daniels was the first black female supervisor of colored schools in Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties. Worked tirelessly to improve Black education in the early 1900s.Added Negro History to the school curriculum, initiated Homemaking…

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Fun Fact: Which County Is Really ‘Going Places’ With the Longest Escalator in the Country?

The longest set of single-span escalators in the country, and in the entire Western Hemisphere, is located at Wheaton Metro Station in Montgomery County. Wheaton is a stop on the Washington Metro Red Line — a primary line through downtown Washington, D.C. — and is the oldest, busiest and currently longest line in the system. Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990, and it was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly…

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Fun Fact: Attention Lords and Ladies! Visit a 16th-Century English Village in This County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County is the second-largest Renaissance festival in the United States. The Maryland festival was first organized by Minnesota lawyer Jules Smith Sr. and was modeled after a Renaissance-themed Minneapolis festival that he had previously invested in. After the Minneapolis fair (now known as the Texas Renaissance Festival), relocated to Texas in the mid-1970s, Smith sold his shares and organized a similar festival in Columbia, Maryland. The festival was…

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MACo Fun Facts – We Want to Hear from You!

Each week the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) likes to post a fun fact about a county in Maryland. The facts can be about a variety of different things: how roads were named, how ponds were formed, what celebrities are from Maryland counties, historical firsts, county landmarks, and so much more. MACo wants to hear from you! Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Allison Valliant…

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Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?
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Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?

Courtesy MD DNR Washington Monument State Park At the top of South Mountain in Washington County, is the nation’s first-ever monument honoring George Washington. It was completed in 1827 and predates the monument on the National Mall by 21 years. The monument, and South Mountain, played a pivotal role during the Civil War when Gen. Robert E. Lee brought the fight to the north. The battle of South Mountain was one of several battles that…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Name All 24 Maryland County Seats?

A county seat is the town or city where county government is centered. It is where the executive and legislative branches of county government have their offices, and the county courthouse is found. Of the 50 states, Maryland is among those with the fewest number of local governments. Local government is found in Maryland's 23 counties, 157 towns and cities, including Baltimore City, and special taxing districts, which are created by state, county, and municipal…

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Fun Fact: Which Famous Actor Had His First Paid Role in St. Mary’s County?

Denzel Washington’s first paid acting role came out of a summer spent in Saint Mary’s City, Maryland. Courtesy: Historic St. Mary's City Museum The St. Mary’s Outdoor Drama Group was formed to produce “Wings of the Morning,” a bicentennial drama about the story of Maryland’s founding. Billed as “one of Maryland’s Top 20 Bicentennial Events,” the production was said to celebrate the historical significance of the state’s founding with “humor, dancing and song.” Denzel Washington…

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Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”. The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people…

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